Last year Daedalic Entertainment adapted Ken Follett’s 1989 historical fiction novel The Pillars of the Earth into video game form, and after being well-received on both PC and console the game is now making its way to iOS next week. The game adaptation of The Pillars of the Earth takes the form of a point-and-click adventure game, and splits the roughly 1000 page novel into 21 different chapters spread across three different “books” or episodes. So far only the first two books have been released, with the third and final book scheduled for launch in the coming months. For the iOS release just the first book, which contains 7 chapters and is titled From the Ashes, will be arriving next week with mobile versions of both book 2 and 3 to arrive at some point after. You can see what the game is like in the following trailer.
Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth Book 1 – From the Ashes will cost $ 4.99 on iOS and will feature: “Interactive storyline events that can be changed, influencing the fates of its characters; Key decision points with meaningful, emotionally-engaging story choices; Over 200 hand-painted backgrounds featuring faithful rendition of 12th century life; Three main playable protagonists, plus two extra playable characters; And an orchestral soundtrack by the FILMharmonic Orchestra, Prague.” The game will also require devices with 2GB of RAM or more, so at least iPhone 6s or higher or iPad Air 2 or higher are required. It all seems quite awesome for adventure game fans, so look for The Pillars of the Earth Book 1 on iOS next week on April 4th.
If you were following our mountain of GDC coverage from last week, you might recall seeing us post some hands-on video from a game called Vandals by developer Cosmografik and publisher ARTE France. You might also remember me saying that it was one of the best games I had seen all week, and that I was incredibly excited to get my hands on the final product whenever it should release. Well, if you felt the same as I did, then good news! Vandals now has a release date of April 12th on iOS, Android, and Steam. The easiest way to describe Vandals is that it’s turn-based stealth puzzling similar to Hitman GO but with this awesome graffiti-spraying mechanic that lets you draw your very own graffiti right on the touchscreen. Check out this teaser.
If you’re planning on getting Vandals on iOS and you’re into the whole pre-ordering thing, then you can click this link on an iOS 11 device to be taken to the App Store where you can pre-order the game for $ 3.99. Then, once the game releases you’ll get a push notification and it’ll just auto-magically download right to your device, ready to be played and enjoyed. If you missed our previous coverage of Vandals, be sure to give that hands-on video a look to see why this is one of my most highly-anticipated games, and be on the lookout for the official launch next month.
Fresh rumors suggest Apple is readying production of a new iPhone X color option to boost sales of the flagship smartphone, while an anticipated revamp of the company’s low-tier 9.7-inch iPad is said to arrive in the third quarter. AppleInsider – Frontpage News
Last month Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 5 Pro, also known as Redmi Note 5 in China. After its debut in India, the phone is set to arrive in Europe, according to popular Twitter tipster Roland Quand. He revealed the dual-cam midranger is being prepared with all the appropriate LTE bands and should be launched “soon”. According to @rquandt, the new phone will cost 230, but there is a catch – this will be a variant with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage that was not announced by Xiaomi India. The 4/64 GB optiomn will go for 270 – notably up from the Indian price of INR13,999…
Another publication has latched onto rumors that Apple will be launching its AirPower wireless charging mat in the next few weeks, with a report from DigiTimes about Taiwanese component shipment increases claiming the Apple-designed power accessory will arrive by the end of March. AppleInsider – Frontpage News
T-Mobile has a history of sending out pre-orders of major flagship smartphones ahead of their official release dates. It did this with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, with the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and with the Galaxy Note 8, and now it’s happening with the Galaxy S9 and S9+, too. Customers who pre-ordered a Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are receiving their phones today. The devices have already hit the doorsteps of TmoNews … [read full article]
Well here’s something I didn’t expect to be writing in a million years: World-renowned hip hop artist Soulja Boy will be added to Lucky Kat Studio’s Beat Street [Free] as a playable character. Yes, this is really happening. As the story goes, late last year Mr. Boy reached out to Lucky Kat via Twitter DM to tell the studio how much he enjoyed playing their game, and asked if it might be possible to be featured as a playable character. Of course, when you’re talking about a celebrity like Soulja Boy you’d have to be crazy to say no! It also doesn’t hurt that Soulja Boy fits in very nicely with the “street” aesthetic of the game. I mean heck, one of the bosses in Beat Street is just a parody of 50 Cent, having another rapper enter the fray is just par for the course. Here’s Souja Boy mixing it up with some baddies in the game.
Man, I hope someday I become cool enough I can be added into video games just by asking. (Well, there was that one time.) Soulja Boy will be arriving in Beat Street next week on March 7th and he’ll be offered as a $ 2.99 IAP. As for the Beat Street game itself, in case you were unaware I’m slightly obsessed with it. I included it in my personal Best Games of 2017 list and play it every day without fail. Lucky Kat has captured the essence of what made these beat ’em ups so fun back in the ’80s and ’90s, namely satisfying combat mechanics and decent enemy behavior, but they’ve stretched it into an experience that can last months or even years.
Most games in this genre are quite shallow and can be beaten in less than an hour, which was fine when you were pumping in quarters but not so fine when you were playing a home conversion with endless continues. It just removed any of the challenge. Beat Street rectifies this by having dozens of levels instead of just a handful, each with multiple difficulty levels, as well as an endless Tower Mode. This means there’s always something to do and in all modes you have the option of playing cooperatively with someone online which is incredibly fun.
Beyond that, though, Lucky Kat has built in a pretty awesome drip feed of character unlocks and upgrades that means you’re always working towards something, even if you’re just grinding previous levels for the fun of it. Even though the characters don’t play drastically different from one another, the upgrade loop is one of the primary reasons Beat Street has become a daily play for me. Plus it’s just fun in the same way the classic brawlers were so fun; I can’t overstate just how much Lucky Kat nailed all the important mechanics here.
Anyway, I could blather on further, but the reality is Beat Street is free to download and try yourself so if you haven’t done that previously and you’re a fan of beat ’em ups then definitely give it a shot. Also keep an eye out for the one and only Soulja Boy to arrive as DLC next week in one of the more surprising crossovers I’ve seen in a while.
Well it has been QUITE a while since we first learned that Future Proof Games would be remastering and re-releasing Gregory Avery-Weir’s cult Flash game hit The Majesty of Colors on mobile and desktop platforms back in August of 2016, but never fear as the project is still alive and in fact it even has a release date now. This new version of The Majesty of Colors will arrive on both mobile and desktop platforms at the end of this month on February 28th. The Majesty of Colors is about a strange undersea creature who lives in the depths and darkness of the ocean, but then discovers the “majesty of colors” that exist above the surface and falls hard in love with them. Here’s a trailer.
A tap of the screen will control the monster’s huge tentacle which can grab and throw things like balloons, fish, and people. During the game you’ll make choices from branching paths of options which can lead to a number of different enemies. Will you make nice and protect your newfound human friends? Or will you, either accidentally or on purpose, make enemies with the humans and be forced to protect yourself when they come after you. I mean, you’re just a huge sea creature after all, you aren’t familiar with proper etiquette for human interactions! The Majesty of Colors was lauded for its interesting concepts when it originally released way back in 2008, and with the coming re-release just over a week from now a whole new generation will be able to experience it too.
The Essential Phone, still among the best deals you can find in smartphones today, is now set to be available in three new colors, including “Ocean Depths,” “Copper Black” and “Stellar Gray.” These include two previously announced colours, the aquamarine-ish Ocean Depths and the dark matte “Stellar Gray,” but also the surprising third options,… Read More Mobile – TechCrunch
The final list for Emoji 11.0 has been finalized and it features 157 new emoji. The Unicode Consortium has announced that among the latest emoji will be superheroes, infinity, redheads, curly hair, partying face, and much more.